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    DescriptionThroughout history philosophers have posited souls, vital spirits and other active principles in living beings in order to explain their differences from non-living beings. With the arrival of genetics and evolutionary biology, however, it now seems possible to account for these differences without assuming such principles. Living beings are henceforth to be understood mechanically, as products of self-replicating microscopic objects and selective environmental conditions, rather than pneumatically, in terms of active principles. It is very remarkable, therefore, that physics has since abandoned the mechanical model of explanation, which it gave to biology, and returned to the pneumatical model, applying it not merely to living beings but to matter quite generally. The conceptual origins and philosophical significance of this remarkable development are explored in the present work. Part One examines the crucial role played by field theory in the decline of mechanism in physics and its replacement by pneumatism. Part Two discusses the importance of this development for metaphysics and the theory of human nature.


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    Title
    Pneumatology of Matter
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Gunn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 479
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781780991757
    ISBN 10: 1780991754
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    LC classification: B
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI013000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25200
    BISAC V2.8: PHI009000, SCI055000
    Abridged Dewey: 109
    DC23: 110
    Thema V1.0: QD
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    John Hunt Publishing
    Imprint name
    Iff Books
    Publication date
    25 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Ropley
    Author Information
    David Gunn has higher degrees in physics and philosophy, and has previously published in the philosophy of physics. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.